Home Movie Vault Disc Vault Coming Soon Join Our Mailing List Articles About Us Contest Soundtrack Books eStore


Director: Wing Shya and Tony Chan
Cast: Jacky Cheung, Nicholas Tse, Rene Liu, Vivian Hsu, Barbie Hsu, Angelababy, Jing Boran, Duan Yihong, Fu Xinbo, Gordon Liu, Daniel Wu
RunTime: 1 hr 35 mins
Released By: 20th Century Fox
Rating: PG

Official Website: http://www.hotsummerdays.com.tw

Opening Day: 25 February 2010


6 heart-warming stories during a summer when the heat ignites emotions and changes lives forever.

Movie Review:

We can totally empathize with the characters in this movie. Having lived on this sunny island for our whole lives, how can one not have experienced the sweltering heat that has made us drenched with drops of perspiration? But what we don’t understand is, how did these pretty stars manage to look so good under the scorching sun? And bask in the joy of love at the same time? You’ve got to give it to directors Wing Shya and Tony Chan for making sweating look so aesthetically sensuous. It’s something you won’t expect to see on us mere mortals.

In what seems to be a popular method of storytelling, this Hong Kong Chinese production interweaves several romantic tales together to evoke your emotions for love and all things sweet. There’s the story of a single father who sends a text message to a foot masseuse by mistake, and continues the cross border relationship. There’s the story of an air conditioner repairman who meets a tough biker chick with a deep secret. There’s the story of a simple village boy who is out on a mission to woo the girl of his heart by standing under the hot sun for 100 days. There’s the story of an uptight sushi chef and his loving girlfriend who yearns for happiness to return. And a rather odd addition to these tales is how a diva photographer loses his eyesight after being cursed by a model.

And talking about photographers, you would almost sense this to be a project of indulgence, after seeing the gorgeous photographic cinematography in motion. Celebrity photographer Wing Shya puts his skills to good use in this movie, having the stars composed in visually enticing shots which will make you feel like you are flipping through a classy coffee table book. It is also probably his influence as a photographer (his credits as stills photographer include 2007’s Blood Brothers and Wong Kar Wai’s segment in 2004’s Eros) that so many stars are on board this project. Main leads aside, look out for cameos by Shawn Yue, Charlene Choi and a certain Maggie Cheung (who is interestingly simply credited as “Ms Cheung” in the end credits).

Alas, the same vigour can’t be used in the storytelling. While this will appeal to the common crowd, the convenient and sometimes lazy scripting will not be an intelligent viewer’s cup of tea. Some stories stand out better than the others – Look no further than the tedious tale between Daniel Wu (playing a sushi chef named “Soy Sauce”) and Vivian Hsu (playing his girlfriend named “Wasabi”). This segment pales in comparison to the sweet tales played out by Jacky Cheung/ Rene Liu, and Jing Boran/ Angelababy. Competent performances aside, you’d feel for the bittersweet and genuine feelings of the protagonists in these two segments. The filmmakers also try their hands at linking the different stories together, but not to the best effect.

Still, this accessible and digestible 93 minute movie is a pleasant showcase of the cast’s competencies as actors. Nicholas Tse, Barbie Hsu and the lesser known Duan Yihong and Fu Xinbo make up the star studded cast which will have no problem drawing in the crowds. Also, look out for Gordon Liu, whose character of a widower will warm your heart. And it doesn’t take a blazing sun to do that.

Movie Rating:

(This lightweight movie will be a breeze to sit through in the sizzling heat)

Review by John Li


. Jump (2010)

. L.O.V.E (2009)

. Look For A Star (2009)

. All About Women (2008)

. Love In The City VCD (2007)

. Contract Lover DVD (2007)

. Fit Lover DVD (2009)


DISCLAIMER: Images, Textual, Copyrights and trademarks for the film and related entertainment properties mentioned
herein are held by their respective owners and are solely for the promotional purposes of said properties.
All other logo and design Copyright©2004- , movieXclusive.com™
All Rights Reserved.